Robert Montgomery Bird

(2008 words)
  • Mike Wilson (Appalachian State University)

Robert Montgomery Bird came to prominence as an American dramatist and novelist during the 1830s, and his career as a creative writer more or less begins and ends with the boundaries of that decade. His plays met with popular and critical acclaim, and after he turned from plays to novels in 1837, his South American historical romances were praised by Edgar Allen Poe among other reviewers. Bird’s contemporaries viewed him as a significant literary figure, but this view of his literary importance has not lasted. Nonetheless, his work retains historical significance despite his almost complete neglect by modern readers: he offers close and perceptive depictions of both the American cultural and physical landscape of the 1830s. …

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Citation:
Wilson, Mike. "Robert Montgomery Bird". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 November 2006
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